If I click on the Firefox or IE or Chrome shortcuts, a screen pops up saying "choose the program you want to open this file" If I browse and find the program and click on it it IE opens briefly then closes and a "file download security warning" box opens with iexplore.exe (From: C:\program files(X86)\internet explorer) and asks to save or run and click run. If I click run, it tries and then circles back box asking if I want to run or save iexplore.exe.
With other programs, I can't even get this far. If I click on MS Word, a box pops up and provides a file name (C:\Program Files(x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\WINWORD.EXE and says "Application Not Found" - similar with other Office programs, including OUTLOOK.EXE
Other software has this problems too.
I even tried to do a system restore to a few days ago and that even brought up the box that asked "Choose the program you want to use to open this file."
I am lost as to what to do. It's certainly paralyzing my ability to do any work.
Thank you for any help in deciphering and fixing this problem.